Somehow, the end of this nightmarish year has arrived (finally, thank god!) and I’m once again processing that fact like a dumbfounded dork. Nevertheless. 2017 is looking like it’s shaping up to be a year filled with rabid obsession! A lot of great things are set to be released in the coming year and I, for one, am pumped! So, naturally, I put together a post to celebrate some of my most anticipated releases of 2017 that I think I’ll be obsessed with! Let’s dive in!
NOTE: Because all of the Summer and Fall book releases have yet to be announced, I’m only listing my predicted obsessions for the first half of 2017.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This book has over half a year’s worth of hype behind it and I’m buying into it–so this better not disappoint! This is kind of being sold as a YA Night Circus meets The Hunger Games and I’m intrigued. Plus the cover is preeeeeeetttttyyyy! So we’ll see. Something built up so big can never truly live up, I’ve learned, but I’m cautiously optimistic.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
This is a NA/YA crossover and I’ excited purely because of that fact. I forget what this is about, but I remember it looked really good and I know that people are starting to hype this book a good amount. I kinda want to go into this one pretty blind, which is a new thing for me, as I’m usually the one who intentionally spoils herself, much to Claire’s horror.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I never thought that a realistic, issue-based, contemporary YA would ever be one of my most anticipated books of the coming year, but that’s how important I think The Hate U Give is. The Hate U Give is an own voices book inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and has already been hailed y John Green as a modern classic. I think this book has the potential to be one of the most important books of the year, not just to me and other African Americans, but to people of all races. I’ve seen some quotes from the book on Twitter and as I read them, I found myself laughing, tearing up, and seriously relating. This is definitely high up on my list of anticipated reads and I hope it is on your list too.
Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
This is an own voices sci fi with a gorgeous cover and I could not be more excited! This is another one that I’m happy to go into with minimal info, but what I have hear (read: what I’ve read in the synopsis on Goodreads) sound AMAZING! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!
Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor
This is another one that tops the list of “2017 Most Anticipated Releases.” I think the absolutely amazing thing about this is that despite the fact that Laini Taylor is insanely popular, making this one of the most anticipated releases of 2017 by everyone, and despite the fact that thick samplers of this were given out at BEA 2016, no one (including me) seems to really know what it’s about. But what ever it is, it’s sure to be full of magic and mystery and romance and I will have this audiobook preordered the minute it becomes available
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
This is a Sleeping Beauty retelling and it looks and sounds absolutely enchanting (pun 100% intended cause I’m cheesy like that). I haven’t heard much about this book, but my gut tells me it’ll be a good one. And you know what they say–always go with your gut!
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Renee Ahdieh has become one of my all time favorite YA authors, so this is the third book that is high on my list! This story is a fantasy set in Japan and looks full of magic and girl power! I forget if this is a retelling, but I do know that even if it is a retelling, it is most definitely NOT a Mulan retelling (contrary to popular belief). Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be positively superb!
A Court of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Last but most definitely not least, the final book which is high on my list is A Court of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas! This is the final book in the original ACOTAR trilogy, however, there are set to be I believe five more books published after ACOWAR which are set in the same world (though we still have yet to hear it those are sequels, prequels, spinoffs, or novellas). Anyhoo. Seeing as ACOMAF completely blew me away, I’m super psyched to get my hands on ACOWAR, especially given the ending of ACOMAF!
This is the only category I don’t have concrete answers for, unfortunately. Geez, for a musician I’ve been pretty out of the loop when it comes to music lately. I’ll keep scouring Spotify, though, for great music from artist new and old!
I think this is my #1 most anticipated film of 2017 for several reasons.
Reason #1: Girl power, obviously.
Reason #2: This film looks amazing, production-wise and plot-wise!
Reason #3: Lynda Carter actually lived in my hometown for a while when I was young and my mom actually knew Ms. Carter as Ms. Carter used to donate stuff to the thrift boutique my mom worked at! I know Ms. Carter’s not starring in this adaptation of Wonder Woman, but she was the original Wonder Woman and I want to see if her spirit remains!
Beauty and the Beast
I’ll admit it: I’m actually not a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast. But, even so, I still really do want to see this film, at least to see how the story is translated to live action. The previews have everyone excited, but have me worried that the production team stuck too closely to the animated film, which I fear will come off as, not to sound trite, but, well, cartoonish. But we’ll see. I’m giving it a chance and, who knows, I may really love it!
The Space Between Us
Is it cheesy that I’m really looking forward to The Space Between Us? Probably. But is that gonna stop me from looking forward to this film? Nope! This film reminds me of all of the best aspects of a YA book–the messages, the heartfelt-ness, the OTPs! I just think this looks really cute!
Since I saw (and fell in love with) Doctor Strange, I’ve decided to give Marvel movies a try. I didn’t think I’d start with a Spider-Man movie, though! I’ve always thought Spider-Man was weird, in part because Peter Parker’s supposed to be a teen and they kept hiring adults who looked like adults to play him! But Tom Holland actually looks and sounds like a teenage boy! And from the look of the trailer, his acting is also spot on! This version of Spider-Man looks young, fun, and absolutely adorkable and I find myself astonishingly excited to see Spider-Man: Homecoming!
Still Star-Crossed (ABC)
I have no clue if ABC is attempting to pander to teens with this YA adaptation, but they’re certainly succeeding at doing so, regardless of their intentions. Either way this show looks youthful, fresh, romantic, action packed, beautiful, and just all-in-all great! Still Star-Crossed is an adaptation of a YA novel of the same name and, I believe, tells the story of what happens after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I can’t resist a story like this and I’m really hoping it goes well.
Okay, so admittedly this is kind of cheating because I began watching this show on Christmas Eve, 2016. That being said, I’m not sure I’ll finish it or get to talk about it on here until 2017. Travelers tells the story of time travelers from a post-apocalyptic future who inhabit the bodies of 21st century hosts and whose mission it is to prevent to coming apocalypse. I agree with most reviewers I’ve seen that Travelers, Netflix’s latest sci fi drama, doesn’t have a strong beginning. That being said, if you give the show two or three episodes, I think you’ll really end up hooked. I know I am and I’ll be eagerly awaiting news on the second season.
Riverdale (The CW)
As a child, I loved reading the Archie comics, so I was super excited when I heard that the comics were being adapted and that the adaptation was being done by The CW, which is known for good storytelling and production and is home of many of my favorite shows! Then I saw the trailer for Riverdale. At first I was…apprehensive, to say the least. The show looks nothing like the bubbly comic I remembered. Instead, Riverdale looks dark, twisted, and dramatic. But then I gave it some thought. The CW is known for doing incredibly loose adaptations and taking an original concept and extrapolating from there and so far they haven’t gone wrong. Plus the trailer doesn’t look bad–it actually looks pretty interesting–it just looks different. So I’m willing to give Riverdale a shot.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
I have yet to watch this show, despite everyone raving about it. Miraculously, I still have no clue what Stranger Things is about and haven’t been spoiled.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
I loved the A Series of Unfortunate Events books when I was a kid. Unfortunately, the movie freaked me out so much that I never touched the books again after I saw it and failed to finish the series. But this adaptation looks absolutely amazing and there’s no network I’d trust more to do this adaptation that Netflix! Neil Patrick Harris is hysterical, ut not so out there that it becoes creepy. The setting is the perfect mix of sunny and dark and kooky. The kids look perfect! Everything about this productin is honestly exactly as I imagined the book and I’m so excited!!!
The 100 Pop Funkos
I’m not a Funko collector but I guess I’m about to be because I’m total trash for The 100. I’ve been waiting for forever for funkos to be made for The 100 and now my dreams have come true! They’ve announced that they’re making figurines for Clarke, Octavia, Raven, Bellamy, Lexa, and Lincoln, but they haven’t announced when the figurines are going to be released or what the figurines look like. One things for sure, though: I’ll be first in line to collect all of these!
This obsession began at the tail end of 2016 and I am 100% positive it’ll continue throughout the new year! I just can’t get enough of bookish candles and that’s a fact! I can’t wait to see what new ones are released by my favorite shops in 2017!